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Frank Zappa: "There was so much acid during the '60s that it was very easy for large numbers of people to think they had seen God as soon as the Beatles went boom, boom, boom, you know?." - (DownBeat May 18, 1978). – (DownBeat May 18, 1978).

Ryan Keberle: “Don't be easy on yourself when it comes to playing with perfect intonation. All other instruments will be playing with close-to-perfect intonation; the same should be expected of trombonists.'” – (DownBeat April 2018)

Today Friday March 23


Rendezvous Jazz - Monkseaton Arms, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. Tel: 0191 251 3928. 1:00pm. Free.

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free.


Jiannis Pavlidis Trio - Jazz Café, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. Tel: 0191 222 9882. 9:00pm. £8.00. (£6.00. advance).

Hookahs - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

Five Men No Dog - Prohibition Bar, Arch 3, Brandling Street, Gateshead NE8 2BA. 8:00pm (doors 7:00pm). A ‘jar on the bar’ admission event.

Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7pm.

To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Jam session @ Empty Shop, Durham. Nov 13

Matt Jacobs (keyboards & melodica), Duncan Walker (tenor), Matt McKernan (tenor & soprano), Tristan Bacon (drums) + keyboards, bass & drums
(Review by Russell)
A Sunday evening on Framwellgate Bridge, the door to 35c firmly closed. Buzz for jam session read the handwritten note pinned to the door. Speakeasy-like, the Empty Shop’s main man Carlo (pictured) opened the door with no little suspicion. Upon recognising the jazz fans standing on the doorstep, the main man granted admittance to Durham’s best kept secret.
Trane could be heard on the ascent to the first-floor venue, floorboards creaking in semi-darkness…your everyday welcoming jazz joint. Durham’s recently established jazz jam session is the place to hear what’s going down. 

Members of the award-winning Durham University Big Band form the core of the session with all-comers welcomed to sit in. On this Sunday evening, Duncan Walker (an occasional face at the jam session up the road at the Jazz Café in Newcastle) and Matt McKernan were trading tenors on a heavy Coltrane vibe supported by an on-the-money trio, a McCoy Tyner thing going on. Students dotted around the room were into it, the contents of numerous (empty) cider bottles in them. At a paint-splattered table (this is student land!) a studious type sat engrossed over a laptop, a future Nobel Prize winner in one of those awfully difficult sciences, no doubt.

Inspiration struck: DUBB’s piano player Matt Jacobs leapt up from a bottled beer-strewn table, grabbed his melodica and joined the jam. A lung-busting solo, the tenors stilled, an inspiring moment. No PA at this too-cool session, Tristan Bacon assumed the drum chair, the vibe continued. Two minutes from North Road bus station, seven or eight minutes up to the railway station, this is a session worth catching. It’s an irregular, term-time Sunday jam session. Musician or listener, you will be most welcome. Check Bebop Spoken Here for details of the next one.   

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